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Council's snub for guitarist
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Rolling Stones fans were angered by the decision
A street named after the late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is to be renamed following an unanimous decision by Cheltenham Borough Council.

Brian Jones, who died in 1969 aged 27, was born and is buried in the town.

Brian Jones Close was to make up part of a new development of 70 homes in the Park area of Cheltenham.

But developer Bryant Homes applied for the name to be changed in November following objections from residents and prospective buyers of the properties.

The application was passed on Tuesday at a cabinet meeting of Cheltenham Borough Council.

Jane Grunner, of the council, said: "Some members of the cabinet thought it was a shame to change the name from Brian Jones but recognised that they must listen to the residents.

Liberal Democrat

"It was a unanimous decision to change the name."

When the application was first made by Bryant Homes to the council, Rolling Stones fans described it as a "slap in the face".

The chairman of the Cheltenham branch of the Brian Jones Fan Club, Nigel Jones, who is also the Liberal Democrat MP for the town, said he received lots of e-mails from people who were excited by the prospect of having a street named after the Cheltenham-born musician.

It is understood that Bryant Homes will now rename the road after John Moore, a 20th-century Gloucestershire writer.


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